Mercosur to ink deal on shared consulates worldwide

The gathering takes place on Wednesday in Santa Fe, Argentina

Published in 17/07/2019 - 17:50 By Pedro Rafael Vilela - Brasília

Of the agreements to be signed at the Mercosur summit meeting in Santa Fe, Argentina, Wednesday (Jul 17), one is expected to allow Brazilian, Argentinians, Uruguayans, and Paraguayans to receive diplomatic assistance at embassies of any Mercosur country where no consulate of their country of origin exists. The announcement was made Tuesday (16) by the president’s spokesman Otávio Rêgo Barros.

President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to be in Argentina on Wednesday accompanied by Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni and Augusto Heleno, head of the government’s Institutional Security Cabinet. He is to return to Brasília on the same day, after a lunch with bloc presidents.

The main pact to be signed at the summit gathering is the deal to eliminate international roaming fees among Mercosur citizens.

Also according to Barros, “another two deals are being put forward, one about the exchange of migration-related data between the four countries, and another about the possibility of Brazilians, Argentinians, Uruguayans, and Paraguayans to receive consulate assistance from any nation in the bloc when there is no representation of their country of origin.”

US deal

After the gathering, Brazil is to assume Mercosur’s pro tempore presidency for a six-month mandate. Among the priorities of the Brazilian administration, the spokesman said, is cutting the blocs’s import tariffs and making rules for bilateral deals more flexible. “In this connection, Brazil plans to establish a free-trade agreement with the US,” he went on to say.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Paula Laboissière / Augusto Queiroz

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